Acorn Squash and Aduki Bean Winter Stew

I don’t yet possess my own pressure cooker, but I can confidently say it’d be a great investment.  My mom has one and puts it to use quite frequently to make one-pot dinners like this one.  While presumably this same meal could be whipped up in a slow-cooker (another item I have yet to own), the pressure cooker will have it ready 5 times as quickly.  But if you don’t have the former, than test out the slow-cooker method because this is a hearty winter meal worth making.

Chewy wheat berries, tenderized by the pressure cooker, cook alongside creamy acorn squash and meaty portobellos to create a filling vegan stew.  The dish is modestly seasoned, but the array of veggies supply more than an adequate amount of flavor all on their own.  So, not only do you have just one pot to clean, but you also have zero herbs/spices to prep.  Plus, this dish provides all the elements you need for a complete meal within one bowl.  Win.

Finish this protein + fiber + vitamin-packed dish with a pungent, quality olive oil and any garnishes of your choice.

Acorn Squash and Aduki Bean Winter Stew

Yield: Serves 4


  • -3/4 cup wheat berries
  • -1/4 cup short grain brown rice
  • -1/3 cup dried aduki beans
  • -1 large clove garlic, minced
  • -8 oz. package baby portobello mushrooms, stems removed, coarsley sliced
  • -1 carrot, cut into 1 1/2-inch diagonals
  • -1 small acorn squash, peeled, seeded, and chopped into 1-inch cubes
  • -1/2 strip dried kombu seaweed, optional
  • -3 1/4 cups water
  • -Extra virgin olive oil, for drizzling
  • -Salt and pepper, to taste
  • -Scallions, diced, optional


  1. Place rice and wheat berries at bottom of large pressure cooker. Scatter aduki beans on top. Next, add minced garlic. Scatter remaining ingredients on top. Cover with lid.
  2. Bring pressure up until second line on pressure gauge is visible. Reduce heat to low, and cook for 50 minutes.
  3. Turn heat off, and let sit until pressure gauge drops to the bottom and lid can be lifted off.
  4. Serve, drizzled with olive oil and sprinkled with salt and pepper, to taste. Garnish with scallions, if desired.

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    December 7, 2011 at 6:29 am

    Yum yum YUM. Great combination of umami flavours here! I love squash and pulses.

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    The Candid RD
    December 7, 2011 at 7:00 am

    This is a new bean in my book! I’ve never heard of it before. It looks wonderful. I can’t WAIT to get my pressure cooker OR slow cooker (I want either one, really, so we’ll see what I get for X-mas or my b-day!)!

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    December 7, 2011 at 2:09 pm

    This looks like my favourite type of meal! Yum. I’ll have to give this a go soon 🙂

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    December 8, 2011 at 4:52 am

    Yum! Looks great, as your dishes usually do. I also need to get a pressure cooker. I have been looking for a while, but just haven’t gotten one.

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    December 8, 2011 at 9:54 pm

    Ive been finding for a pressure cooker for ages now, and recipes like this only strengthen that desire! I do have one on my wishlist though, so maybe this holiday season will finally bring one…

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    Linda Dickinson
    December 27, 2011 at 11:03 am

    You know I love this dish. I also love your write-up, which is interesting and to the point!!

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    January 18, 2012 at 12:03 pm

    G’Day! Grace Dickinson,
    Thanks for the info, I am confident we are all common with the common green bean casserole. In reality, my guess is that most of us have prepared it I know I have. And there is next to nothing completely wrong with that casserole. To be sincere, I take pleasure in it and my daughter-in-legislation and I suppose we have to have it for all holiday getaway and specific event. But in going by a person of the a great many outdated cookbooks I inherited when my mom passed absent, I arrived upon this outdated-fashion home made dish titled “Thelma’s Green Bean Casserole”. Considering the fact that beans are some of my preferred meals, I was intrigued. Listed here is a green bean casserole that does not have canned soup or canned French-fried onion rings between its ingredients. The substances are quite healthy and balanced and it is delicious. To add a fashionable greater weight loss program helpful contact, substitute salt-costless butter for the butter named for in the recipe. Also move to decreased-body fat or fats-no charge sour cream and small-unwanted fat cheddar or other cheese.
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